Gunmen Bombed Imo Governor’s House and Killed Security Guards
Tragedy struck as Gunmen bombed Imo State Governor’s house and killed his security guards. This occurred on Saturday the 24th of April, 2021.
Mr. Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State was attacked by gunmen in his hometown located in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state. The gunmen also killed all the security guards in the house.
The attack on the house happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. The culprits were said to have released a petrol bomb which led to a fire outbreak in the compound.
It was also confirmed that the attack saw sympathizers, villagers struggling to extinguish the fire.
In addition, vehicles that were said to be official vehicles were in flames and a suspected lifeless body was also seen lying in front of the governor’s house.
All this is taking place at a time the security in the South-East zone has greatly reduced with repeated attacks on police stations across the states.
Unfortunately, all the states in the SouthEast have experienced attacks by unidentified gunmen who have not shown any signs of stopping the attacks.
The Imo State Police Command has also confirmed the burning of the house of Sen. Hope Uzodima the governor of Imo State, at Omuma in Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement given by the command and signed by the Public Relations Officer for the police force, SP Orlando Ikeokwu Godson, he stated that the hoodlums attacked the governor’s house by throwing in a petrol bomb as a result of which two cars caught fire.
He said that the police were successful in repelling the hoodlums, and thankfully none of the building was set ablaze.
According to the PRO, the unarmed operative of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, lost his life in the process, while a police sergeant and another NSCDC operative in their private vehicles at Mgbidi junction along Owerri-Onitsha express high way also died as the attackers made their way to escape.
An eyewitness reported that the attackers stormed the place with their vehicles in their numbers dressed in black attire.
The two vehicles, among which was a coaster bus, packed beside the gate, and another car inside the compound were set on fire.
The eyewitness also stated that the situation had led to the blockage of Owerri Onitsha express highway and other connecting roads by security personnel drafted to the area. However, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, has described the unfortunate incident as one that is politically motivated.
The commissioner, in his statement issued on Saturday in Owerri, said that brave security operatives fought against an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor.
Finally, he added that the government had instructed the relevant security agencies to hasten investigation on the incident and promptly arrest the sponsors and their agents and bring them.